An Introduction to the Decentralized Web for Regenerative Projects
presented by Bloom Network 2020-2021

All educational calls take place the first Monday of each month @ 12pm Pacific. Additionally, there are now a few working groups hacking on a few key pieces of Bloom’s infrastructure so we have tangible use cases to learn and create with.

Purpose of this educational series:

1) Increase the accessibility of peer-to-peer systems beyond early technical adopters to those working on the community frontlines.
2) Build relationships between software development communities and regenerative leaders on the ground.

What the heck is the decentralized web?

Yes exactly, that’s why we’re doing this. Here are some great intros from Mozilla, Internet Archive, and about Europe’s Next Generation Internet initiative.

Sessions

Previous sessions:

September 2, 12pm Pacific: DAO Rush Week Event
Come learn where we’re at with testing Bloom Network’s DAO (decentralized autonomous organization), and how you can participate.

August 3, 12pm Pacific: Decentralized web protocols
Watch the recording

Internet protocols help different tools and platforms communicate with each other. For example, Facebook or Etsy are closed platforms, but email uses protocols. Decentralized protocols are often designed for privacy, distributed power and control of resources, as well as better connectivity in the developing world. In this session we’ll learn about some of the protocols that exist, such as Scuttlebutt, IPFS, and Blockstack. We’ll also touch on OpenBazaar, which is a decentralized e-commerce marketplace, and ValueFlows, a protocol for tracking value exchanges in a network.

These are all structures that solve the “extractive entity” issue that we’re seeing with companies such as Facebook or Amazon, where one company is amassing a huge amount of resources and there aren’t incentive structures for locally-supportive economies. With decentralized social network and marketplace protocols, individuals benefit by having the ability to make one listing that can be displayed across multiple portals, reducing the amount of labor we each have to do to find aligned collaborators and let people know about the events we’re hosting, or the services we offer.

These protocols also potentially make it easier to have economies of scale with values-aligned companies or communities. For example, for marketing, it’s hard for some craftspeople to not use Instagram, which is owned by, surveilled by, and benefits Facebook. Because that’s where the most “internet foot traffic” is. However, if we had federations of arts communities, we could bypass the corporate juggernaut. Decentralized protocols can be used for much more than that, but these are some of the concerns we hear among people involved with Bloom Network.

July 6, 12pm Pacific: Notes / Conclusions / Next Steps
Already since beginning this series, a few working groups have formed. We’re currently feeling out the right balance between training/introduction calls and calls where we hack on Bloom Network itself. On July 6 we’ll plot out next steps for 1) setting up a continuous fundraiser to raise a community loan through Bloom memberships, utilizing DAO technology (Decentralized Autonomous Organization) and 2) looking into creating a protocol for the types of value exchanges Bloom members want to do with each other. If you are brand new to the dWeb / Web 3 etc, you’ll still be able to learn things during this session.

Below are sessions we plan to host over the coming year. We are forming the schedule month-by-month as we go. If you have the ability to do one of these trainings or explain to noobs what these projects are, please get in touch, thank you!

Upcoming Sessions:

  • Training: How to use cryptocurrency for the first time – bitcoin and ethereum, introduction to wallets Samourai and Coinpayments.net, introduction to Metamask
  • How digital platforms enable decentralized governance, including introductions to Aragon, DaoStack, and Colony
  • Training: How to use DAI stablecoin to store cryptocurrency at a stable exchange rate. Cryptocurrency value fluctuates wildly at this stage in its adoption. In order to issue payouts for projects without the risk of losing value, teams can use stablecoins that are pegged to the value of the US dollar.
  • Publishing and media distribution on the decentralized web
  • Art and the blockchain: tools for artists to be compensated for digital sharing of their works
  • Training: How to use Kraken to withdraw cryptocurrency to state currency in your bank account. Not every country has access to Kraken, however, most countries do have a cryptocurrency exchange that is trustworthy.
  • Sovereign Identity Tools for data privacy – imagine if your social profile data was anchored primarily in your own account and not owned by a company like Facebook or Google. There are implications for a more economically equitable internet, protection from algorithmic manipulation of behavior (such as what you purchase and what you believe), and more. We’ll take a peek at the farthest along identity tools to date: Blockstack, U-Port, Jolocom, 3Box, and JLINC.
  • Training: Introduction to Aragon
  • Token Engineering – what is it, when not to use it, how communities can use it now – cutting through the noise
  • Cooperatives on the Blockchain. How smart organizations enable federated coops, easy and cheaper international exchange, and the sophisticated governance methods people need to collaborate with equitable power dynamics.
  • Introduction to deFi – What is decentralized finance, what tools exist to do it, and what are good use cases for it?
  • Regen Network – a regenerative agriculture application of blockchain designed to incentivize carbon drawdown and ecosystem restoration